IRD consortium to deploy WIM truck enforcement systems in Ukraine


Canadian highway traffic management technology company International Road Dynamics (IRD) is part of a three-member consortium that will build the Ukraine’s first commercial vehicle enforcement system.

The Saskatchewan-based company is part of a joint venture (JV) with two companies from Ukraine that was awarded a project for the design, supply and installation of 20 lanes of weigh-in-motion (WIM) monitoring systems that will be deployed at six sites covering arterial roads around the country’s capital, Kiev (Kyiv). IRD’s JV partners are: SEA Electronics LLC, a supplier and manufacturer of electrical equipment, including traffic control systems; and Automagistral-Pivden LLC, one of the country’s leading road construction companies. The turnkey project was awarded by The State Agency of Automobile Roads of Ukraine (Ukravtodor). The total value of the contract awarded to the JV partners is US$6.4m and the project also includes the delivery of a back-office system, in addition to related civil works and communication infrastructure.

The main objective of the project is to implement a modular system comprised of software, hardware and communication infrastructure for Ukravtodor. The WIM back-office system will collect real-time traffic data and will support the enforcement of overweight and over-dimension commercial vehicles, as well as vehicles that may be in violation of local operating regulations. The data and analytics provided by IRD’s high-speed enforcement systems will also be used for more substantiated and streamlined planning of maintenance and repair of Kiev’s arterial road network.

IRD will supply and supervise the installation of its state-of-the-art commercial vehicle enforcement solutions, integrating WIM systems with complementary technologies, such as vehicle dimensioning systems and off-scale detection. This will provide real-time information on a vehicle’s length, width, and height, as well as lane position in addition to axle load and gross vehicle weights. Designed for use in harsh weather and environments, IRD’s MIM and truck data collection equipment will be able to cope with Ukraine’s often extreme climatic conditions, which can include temperatures ranging from -32°C to +39°C.

“We are extremely pleased and honored to have received this contract,” commented Randy Hanson, IRD’s president and chief executive officer. “We look forward to working together with our joint venture partners in delivering Ukraine’s very first integrated network of weigh-in-motion systems providing Ukravtodor with our world class, innovative and effective screening solutions to improve the overall efficiency and safety of its highway network.”

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